The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs established the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (“PBIS”), which has various components for improving behavior including at schools and detention centers. PBIS provides a “decision making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students.” The concept is based on research that using punishment, especially if used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective.
In schools, “[i]ntroducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student’s educational experience.” Many who work with juvenile delinquents know that it is wrongheaded to assume that children know behavioral norms and etiquette. Too often, their parents are products of the foster care system, the juvenile justice system, or the criminal system and just do not know the rules of behavior to teach and model for their children.
For information about PBIS in juvenile corrections settings, go here.
The Indiana coordinator for PBIS is at the Center for Education on Lifelong Learning at Indiana University-Bloomington.
The PBIS Newsletter is available here.
The PBIS Indiana Newsletter is available here.